A Description of Cultural Patterns

Cultural patterns are described as the popular set of responses to completely different life situations. According to Kluckhohn and Strodbeck’s description of cultural patterns there are 5 dimensions or parts that tackle the manner in which a tradition orients itself to actions, social relations, the self, the world and the passage of time. In the following reflection I will establish each certainly one of these dimensions with the cultural patterns shown in my country.

Starting with the activity orientation, which defines how the folks of a culture view human actions and the expression of self by way of actions, we are able to establish the Puerto Rican culture as a “becoming” one.

A “becoming” orientation refers to people who discover themselves predisposed to suppose about ways to vary themselves as a means of changing the world. Although I do not fully agree on this figuring out the Puerto Rican culture, I do agree on other views that the “becoming” cultures have toward work and play. For example Puerto Ricans don’t have a “clear-cut” separation between work and their social lives.

Often you can go into an workplace and find employees chatting with one another, talking with relations over the cellphone or speaking about their personal lives in a business assembly. The Puerto Rican culture is more relaxed in phrases of work compared to the Mexican, Colombian or European American tradition, we particularly work for a means to an end and respect each second of our leisure time. The social relations dimension describes how the individuals in a tradition manage themselves and refer to 1 another.

In Puerto Rico the degree of significance we place on formality has changed through the years as totally different generations modify the greatest way we address people. For instance youngsters typically discuss with their elders as “you” instead of “sir” or they will say to someone who’s serving them “give me” as an alternative of “may I have”. The Puerto Rican tradition generally doesn’t give a lot importance to tittles, as they consider that relationships greatest develop when these involved can tackle informally to a minimum of one one other.

Another factor that cultural patterns prescribe are the social interactions folks have between them. In the Puerto Rican tradition we’ve African heritage so it’s no surprise when each our cultures favor indirectness in conversations with other folks of our country but do not require an middleman to take action. Generally, people in Puerto Rico will “sugar coat” demands or favors in conversations as a method to ask for one thing however in a oblique approach so the individual won’t perceive us as impolite or unwell mannered.

The self-orientation of cultural patterns describes how people’s identities are formed, whether the culture views the self as changeable, what motivates particular person actions, and the varieties people who are valued and respected. Puerto Ricans can easily affiliate with each other, as our particular person self-definition is very related. On the contrary of the European American tradition, Puerto Ricans make choices for his or her kids based on traditions, values and what they imagine to be finest for them.

Although individuals make their very own decisions as they mature and grow up once we consider from a bunch perspective it can be said that there’s a heightened sense of interdependence and what occurs to the group occurs to the individual. An instance of this may be proven in cultural linguistic tendencies, as individuals modify their usual language others accomplish that as well; also the reality that when nationwide catastrophes occur everyone feels recognized with the loss or the pain of the others.

Because Puerto Rico is such a small island it is almost predictable that individuals can affiliate their identification with others from the identical country even when there is a social status, age, town etc. aspect that differs between them. One of the most attention-grabbing dimensions is the world orientation, which tells people the way to allocate themselves in relation to the spiritual world, nature and other residing issues. As we all know Puerto Rico has totally different heritages due to the cultures that have influenced us trough the colonizing course of, so it isn’t strange that our spirituality relates mostly to the European American beliefs.

The basic perception in our culture is that human beings can forestall, postpone or overcome pure occasions similar to earthquakes by making buildings stronger, finding cures for sicknesses and prolonging the time of demise of a sick person. As know-how continuously “improves” people imagine they have the power to control nature as a substitute of nature controlling them. Despite the truth that we are most influenced by this belief we nonetheless have the Latino affect which leads us to imagine that we’ll be measured by our actions in the spiritual world where our souls will relaxation.

The ultimate method of these cultural patterns is the time orientation, which can be outlined as the way individuals conceptualize time. The cultural frame to which the Puerto Ricans relate is the Latino; despite the actual fact that we do not suppose time is endless we don’t take time as critically. That is the rationale why people are constantly late for every thing, from a birthday party to work and even to Sunday mass. Time is generally seen as ongoing and helpful to take care of order, however not of the utmost significance.

Analyzing these cultural patterns one can have a extra accurate sense of how culture determines the id of a rustic and the way issues just like the significance of labor and social time can influence so deeply the greatest way a complete tradition behaves. Also it offers you the opportunity to check and contrast with other countries and learn how different people can have a very different share of values and see life in such a contrasting means. Most importantly I imagine that by studying these cultural patterns one could be more wise to other people’s wants and have extra respect for their culture as an alternative of desirous to impose ours.

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